Salisbury’s Rodney Bell wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Kerr Lake

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 15, 2020

HENDERSON — Boater Rodney Bell of Salisbury brought in a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 5 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Kerr Lake Saturday in Henderson. For his victory, Bell earned $5,024.

Bell said he caught his fish throwing a True South Lures V-Twin Buzz buzzbait and an E&L Lures jig.

“I was mainly fishing from the mouth of Nutbush Creek up towards Grassy Creek – about halfway between the two,” said Bell, who picked up the fifth BFL victory of his career. “Fishing in and around the bream beds seemed to be the key.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

1st:       Rodney Bell of Salisbury, N.C., five bass, 18-5, $5,024

2nd:      Marty Warren of Elon, N.C., five bass, 17-6, $2,697

3rd:       Tom Wilkinson of Oxford, N.C., five bass, 15-2, $1,464

4th:       Austin Farrell of Tega Cay, S.C., five bass, 14-11, $1,025

5th:       John Wiese of Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 14-2, $879

6th:       Ron Wolfarth of Oakboro, N.C., five bass, 13-14, $805

7th:       Cavin Young of Prince George, Va., five bass, 13-12, $732

8th:       Raymond Jones III of Statesville, N.C., five bass, 13-11, $659

9th:       Jason Tibbetts of Centreville, Va., five bass, 13-4, $586

10th:     Buddy Black of Lawndale, N.C., five bass, 12-15, $513

Complete results can be found at

Bell also caught a 5-pound, 7-ounce bass to add the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $630 to his winnings.

Warren took home an extra $500 as the highest finishing FLW Phoenix Bonus member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the contingency program can be found at

Dale Surrett of Midland won the Co-angler Division and $2,197 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 15 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

1st:       Dale Surrett of Midland, N.C., five bass, 13-15, $2,197

2nd:      Tyler Dover of Blacksburg, S.C., five bass, 10-4, $915

2nd:      Stephen Kocell of Waxhaw, N.C., five bass, 10-4, $915

4th:       Jason Hinger of Timberlake, N.C., five bass, 9-12, $713

5th:       Kiel Guin of Durham, N.C., four bass, 9-10, $439

6th:       Clay Jackson of Daniels, W. Va., four bass, 9-9, $403

7th:       Nathan Grose of Summersville, W. Va., five bass, 9-5, $348

7th:       Robert Wedding of Welcome, Md., five bass, 9-5, $348

9th:       Brian Bird of Huntersville, N.C., five bass, 9-2, $293

10th:     William Lisenby of Centreville, Va., five bass, 8-13, $256

Eric Richards of Kannapolis, North Carolina, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 9 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $315.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Kerr Lake was hosted by the Vance County Tourism Development Authority. The event was the fourth of five qualifying events in the North Carolina Division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the North Carolina Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 8-10 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the James River in Richmond, Virginia, hosted by Richmond Region Tourism. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new 18-foot Phoenix bass boat with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held Nov. 11-13 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina and is hosted by Visit Anderson. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division earn priority entry into the FLW Series, the pathway to the FLW Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour, where top pros compete with no entry fees.

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